Friday, April 10, 2009
I have an excellent dentist.
My car has run perfectly since I got it.
It was my birthday recently.
I do not believe there is any justification whatsoever for getting an automated "Happy Birthday" from my dentist and two automated "Happy Birthdays" (yes 2! 1 online, the other, one of those really annoying pre-recorded phone calls) from my car dealer.
The only reason my dentist should have or use my birthdate is for medical reasons. Certainly not for marketing (or anti-marketing as in this case).
The only reason my car dealer should have my birthdate is to verify financial information when financing a car. Again, certainly not for marketing (or anti-marketing as in this case).
2 -- Great respect for private information should be expected and required by everyone handling personal information.
3 -- In particular, personal information should be used only for the purpose for which it was provided.